Shocker boosts 'The Good Wife’s' ratings

Shocker boosts “The Good Wife’s” ratings
The CBS drama had its best numbers last night since January.


“Scandal” should learn from “The Good Wife” on how to create a genuine “OMG” moment
This is what a well-executed “OMG” moment actually looks like. PLUS: Watch a “Good Wife” video about last night, CBS shouldn’t use Letterman for “Good Wife” synergy, and this episode was very reminiscent of Kellie Martin’s key “ER” episode from 14 years ago.


OWN shows Oprah saying the F-word, telling Lindsay Lohan to “cut the bullsh*t”
On last night’s “Lindsay,” Oprah guilt-tripped a complaining Lohan telling her she knew she wanted to continue on. "If that is the case, then you're not going to be f*cking up,” said Oprah, adding: "And I know you're surprised to hear me say ‘f*ck.’"


A Belgian math teacher is using “Game of Thrones” spoilers to discipline his children
If the “Throne” fan students don’t behave, he’ll reveal spoilers from the books. PLUS: HBO releases 2 more “final” trailers.


Alfred Molina joins El Rey’s “Matador”
He’ll co-star with Gabriel Luna in the pilot about a soccer star turned CIA agent from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.


Judd Apatow talks “Girls” Season 3, says he expects to go back to 10 episodes next season
“I am a big fan of doing more episodes,” he says of this season’s 12-episode run. "Unfortunately, most of the shows on HBO are 10 episodes, so I think we will be doing 10 next year. We don't line up with anybody when we do 12. That's why we double-pumped episodes at the beginning of the season and it's why there's no one around us (at the end)."


See pics of the “24: Live Another Day” London set
This season will have an industrial art-deco feel. PLUS: “24: LAD” is coming out with a comic book ahead of the premiere.


Alyson Hannigan: "HOLY BLEEP I'm 40!!!”
Before turning 40 today, the “How I Met Your Mother” star last night tweeted: "Thank you 30's. You couldn't have been better!!!"


Study: TV stars’ tweets motivate viewers to watch
A new study found that a majority of Twitter users who see a tweet about a show are more likely to take immediate action to watch, search for, or share content.


Animal Planet jumps on the aftershow bandwagon for “River Monsters”
On April 6, a special will air called "River Monsters: Live With Jeremy Wade."

'The Good Wife' creators explain the shocker

“The Good Wife” creators explain the shocker
Sunday’s episode was yet another shakeup for “The Good Wife” this season, but with bigger ramifications. PLUS: Why producers opted for violence, this seemed uncharacteristic and yet characteristic of the show, “I knew last year,” says “The Good Wife” star who will be on Letterman Monday.


Should Lena Dunham dump Hannah from “Girls”?
In Season 3, the other characters became more interesting than Hannah Horvath, as Lena Dunham became her own weakest link. PLUS: The Season 3 finale was a corrective on the Season 2 ender, “Girls” always manages to tie everything together, and Season 3 was “Girls’” best season yet.


Claire Holt calls her “The Originals” exit a “temporary absence”
“I want to be very clear that they didn’t run out of material,” she tells Buzzfeed. "I wasn’t pushed out, I wasn’t fed up with Rebekah, I didn’t quit mid-season, there was no drama, there was no rift between cast members; it really came down to the fact that I completed my initial commitment and made a life choice, not a career choice.”


Report: Josh Elliott wants $8M/year to stay on “GMA,” or he may jump to NBC
According to Page 6, ABC is offering Elliott $4 million a year.


Lindsay Sloane will play a character named “Lindsay” on “The Odd Couple”
Matthew Perry will reunite with Sloane, who guested on “Mr. Sunshine.”


Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis are having a baby
The “That ‘70s Show” co-stars are not only engaged but expecting.

Character actor James Rebhorn, who played Carrie’s dad on 'Homeland,' dies at 65

Character actor James Rebhorn, who played Carrie’s dad on “Homeland,” dies at 65
Rebhorn also had recurring roles on “Enlightened” and “White Collar” as well as many other TV and movie credits. He also played the lawyer who put Jerry and his pals in jail in the “Seinfeld” finale.


Creationists want to be represented on “Cosmos”
Creationists groups are demanding equal time on the Fox series.


Ricky Gervais is shopping a new TV series starring “The Office’s” David Brent
He wants Brent to be filmed going on tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion.


Jimmy Kimmel grills Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton
Kimmel was the interviewer at the Clinton Global Initiative at Arizona State University, his alma mater. Afterwards, he tried to top Ellen with his own epic Clinton selfie.


Jon Hamm: “Mad Men” cast is in denial as they prepare to shoot the final episodes
The final seven episodes will begin filming later this week, says Hamm at Paleyfest. "We're in some phase of grief,” he says, "and it's probably denial. I think we are collectively starting to realize the end is coming faster than we thought it would. There's nothing we could do to prepare for it, (but) we're going to have as much fun as we've always had making the show until we can't make it anymore."


“Entourage” movie will have at least 20 athlete cameos
Tom Brady and Mariano Rivera aren’t the only guest stars.


“NBC Nightly News” gets NBC history wrong
In a report on the closing of NBC Burbank, NBC mistakenly showed a photo of NBC’s old Hollywood home, at the corner of Sunset and Vine, which was demolished 50 years ago.


“The Walking Dead” beer to contain actual brains
Dock Street Walker will be brewed with smoked goat brains, not human brains.


NBC teases “Rosemary’s Baby”
With a baby crying.


“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada welcomes a boy
“I have EXCITING NEWS! Thank you God for my blessing!” she tweeted soon after giving birth.

ABC Family drops controversial 'Alice in Arabia' pilot

ABC Family drops controversial "Alice in Arabia" pilot
Following a backlash from Muslim groups, ABC Family is not proceeding with the controversial pilot. "The current conversation surrounding our pilot was not what we had envisioned and is certainly not conducive to the creative process, so we’ve decided not to move forward with this project," said an ABC Family spokesperson.

'Scandal' needed to have a shocking death

“Scandal” needed to have a shocking death
The ABC drama is going to benefit from the events of Thursday’s episode. As Eric Dodds notes, "it’s encouraging that Scandal showrunner Shonda Rhimes was willing to kill off a significant character — something she previously showed a willingness to do on 'Grey’s Anatomy.' Best case scenario, it’s a gateway killing of sorts — a sign that Scandal is starting to see that if the show wants to be as shocking as it claims in a way that actually matters, it needs to make no character (short of Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope) untouchable.” PLUS: Nearly everybody is a murderer on “Scandal,” and killed-off “Scandal” star says: "The threat of death on a show like this, if it doesn't pay off occasionally, the audience begins to scream bulls–t."


Alfre Woodard will play President of the United States on NBC's "State of Affairs"
Woodard is joining the CIA drama starring Katherine Heigl.


Is HBO considering Kate Mara & Ellen Page for “True Detective” Season 2?
Mara points out that HBO’s Twitter account favorited one of her tweets proposing a pairing with Ellen Page for Season 2. "Dear @EllenPage,” she tweeted. "What does this mean?! You think they like the idea of two tiny detectives?"


New York state may give tax breaks to TV shows with diverse writers’ rooms
Two bills pending in the state legislature would incentivize adding diversity to the writing staffs of TV shows.


The “Girls” halo effect: Guest-stars are seen as influencers
Those making a cameo on the HBO series have discovered that it could do wonders for their credibility, especially in NYC. PLUS: Allison Williams admits Marnie would drive her crazy in real life, though she’d still be friends with her.


Isaiah Washington shared a photo of his “highly confidential" script for “Grey’s Anatomy”
“The contents of this script are highly confidential and are for your eyes only,” says a note on the script.


Why a “Game of Thrones” movie ending is a terrible idea
“The idea of using a feature to 'tie things up' is a dangerous prospect and would only add fuel to the fire of television’s desire to stretch franchises out further than their shelf life allows,” says Merill Barr. "Hit series such as ’24' and 'The X-Files' both fell into the trap of a promised feature-film future and thus suffered from not having a worthy ending to their stories because everyone thought “we’ll be back in a year.” PLUS: Why we’re obsessed, behind the scents of the hip-hop mixtape recording, and how much influence does George R.R. Martin have on the show’s creators?


Kevin Spacey is spending tonight charming members of Maryland’s legislature at a wine bar
It looks like “House of Cards” is going to get the tax credits it needs to stay in Maryland.


Check out more pics of Zoe Saldana in “Rosemary’s Baby”
“Suits" star Patrick J. Adams plays her husband in the NBC miniseries.


WWE asks fans which of 8 proposed reality show ideas they’d like to see on WWE Network
The proposals include “WWE Dirty Jobs," “WWE Rescue” and “WWE Prankdown."


Watch the TV Academy’s panel on “Justified”
Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and Joelle Carter spent Wednesday night chatting about this season and the final season.


How “HIMYM” ended up in Long Island for its final season
Two of the show’s writers happen to be from Long Island, and couldn’t stop talking about it.


“The Walking Dead” has fully embraced the “Bottle Episode”
A Bottle Episode focuses on only a few characters with limited narrative action, as Darren Franich points out: "For 'Walking Dead,' this storytelling strategy hasn’t just worked: By digging into characters who were basically just defined by their trademark weapon and some telltale article of clothing, the show might have actually rebooted itself as a creative venture.” PLUS: See the season finale poster.


An HBO special for Rosie O’Donnell?
The cable channel’s cameras are set to capture Rosie’s upcoming standup performances next month.


Conan rides a mechanical bull
Watch his promo for “Conan” in Dallas.


Bravo casting director searches Instagram for future reality stars
Melissa Stanforth says if you already have a big, engaged following, you’re likely perfect for reality stardom.


Candace Cameron Bure’s Russian-born husband learned English from “Full House”
The former “Full House” star’s former hockey player husband came to the United States at age 17, and was introduced to Candace Cameron by Dave Coulier.


Singing nun is a sensation on Italy’s “The Voice”
Sister Cristina Scuccia was dressed in her religious outfit while performing Alicia Keys’ “No One.”


Web site lets you explore IMDb ratings of TV shows, via graphs
Check out Graph TV.


See a preview of “Californication” Season 7
Hank hits rock bottom.


Fox News anchor takes on Kristen Bell
Neil Cavuto objected to Bell’s tweet that "rich people SHOULD pay higher taxes."

Another 'Bachelor' spinoff: 'Bachelor in Paradise' is the new 'Bachelor Pad'

Another “Bachelor” spinoff: “Bachelor in Paradise” is the new “Bachelor Pad”
“Bachelor” and “Bachelor” alums will live together this summer in exotic locale. There will be a rose ceremony, but ABC won’t say if somebody will go home each week.


Kerry Washington scolds “Scandal” fans who complain about spoilers
"Folks mad about spoilers are making me laugh. I feel u're pain but thats what EVENT TV is! If u dont wanna know the score, dont follow ESPN,” she tweeted.


Was Adult Swim’s “Boondocks” “hijacked” from Aaron McGruder?
McGruder won’t have any involvement in Season 4, Adult Swim announced days after the cartoonist posted that his “Boondocks” Facebook page had been “hijacked."


Sarah Michelle Gellar: I’m canceling my Vogue subscription over Kim & Kanye cover
"Well......I guess I'm canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???” Gellar tweeted in reaction to the cover revealed today. PLUS: Editor Anna Wintour says, ""As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it."


Bryan Cranston was once featured in a Teen Talk magazine photo spread
It was 1985, and Cranston was starring on the ABC soap “Loving.”

'Last Comic Standing' taps JB Smoove as host, Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans as judges

“Last Comic Standing” taps JB Smoove as host, Roseanne and Keenen Ivory Wayans as judges
Roseanne Barr and Wayans will be joined by fellow judge Russell Peters when “Last Comic” returns on May 22.


“The Mentalist” will say goodbye to 2 characters on Sunday
Will Wayne Rigsby and Grace Van Pelt get a happy ending?


USA confirms 6-episode final “White Collar” season, orders doctor dramas “Rush” and “Complications”
Jason O’Mara will play an ER doctor on “Complications,” from “Burn Notice” creator Matt Nix. “Rush” stars Tom Ellis as an on-call doctor.


Check out “Gotham’s” future Catwoman and a young Bruce Wayne
Here are pics of Camren Bicondova, age 14, as Selina Kyle, joined by 13-year-old David Mazouz.

'American Idol' falls to another series low

“American Idol” falls to another series low
Without “The Big Bang Theory,” the highest-rated network last night was ABC with “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”


Dan Bucatinsky will play Tim Meadows’ husband and Casey Wilson's dad on NBC’s “Marry Me” pilot
The "Scandal" star has joined the pilot revolving around Wilson's engagement to Ken Marino. Bucatinsky will play “Kevin 2,” while “SNL” alum Meadows will play “Kevin 1.”


Seth Meyers is limiting “Late Night” to 2 musical guests per week
Billboard reports that Meyers is taking a different approach to “Late Night” than Jimmy Fallon by not having a musical guest in the 3rd guest slot more than twice a week (Meyers has had two musical guests per week since Week 2). That 3rd slot has been filled by authors, comedians and, as was the case on Tuesday, the editor of the New Yorker.


Idina Menzel: John Travolta sent me flowers and a “gorgeous e-mail”
"He was really gracious and sent this gorgeous e-mail, and we're buddies and it's all cool,” she says of the Oscar flub, adding: "Please. I mean, I've only benefited from it."


Report: ABC’s “Alice in Arabia” early script confirms worries over Muslim stereotypes
Buzzfeed, which obtained a copy of a pilot script dated from last July, found the script to be filled with Muslim stereotypes. An ABC spokesperson, however, tells Buzzfeed the script could’ve gone through multiple rewrites since it was written.


“Deadwood” premiered 10 years ago today
Watch a 26-minute documentary paying tribute to the HBO series, narrated by Jim Beaver.


Jeremy Piven refers to "Sherlock" star as "Benedict Cumberb*****”
The “Entourage" star, in a recent interview with Jimmy Kimmel, recalls being upstaged by the “Sherlock” star in a joint PBS media session with “Sherlock” and “Mr. Selfridge."


“Bar Rescue” gets a 4th season
Spike TV has ordered 20 more episodes of the TV show starring nightlife expert Jon Taffer.


E*Trade Baby quits in March Madness ad
The brokerage recently switched ad agencies, so its baby campaign is apparently over.


Vogue puts Kim Kardashian on its cover, with Kanye West
The April cover is titled: “Kim & Kanye: Their Fashionable Life and Surreal Times.”


Why Brad Pitt should be the No. 1 choice for “True Detective” Season 2
The mega movie star would be the perfect Matthew McConaughey replacement. PLUS: What is the "Secret Occult History of the U.S. Transportation System”?, and “True Detective’s” cinematographer revisits 9 key shots.


Check out “Community’s” animated “G.I. Jeff”
The “G.I. Joe” tribute is set to air April 3.


Jon Gosselin is not happy with Kate’s return to TLC for a 1-off special
Kate says her eight children "cheered like crazy. It was like I announced that it's Christmas tomorrow” upon hearing the news, but Us Weekly says Jon “thinks it is a really bad idea for the kids.

'Game of Thrones' creators sign on for 2 more seasons

“Game of Thrones” creators sign on for 2 more seasons
David Benioff and Dan Weiss will continue to helm the HBO series through at least Season 6. PLUS: George R.R. Martin gives away a $30K Iron Throne, and Martin rejected a cameo on this season to work on his book.


“Scandal” shooting victim speaks
"It was very, very hard," says the shooting victim, who adds that Shonda Rhimes had no idea what to do after the table read for last week's episode. PLUS: Watch the 2nd episode of Jimmy Kimmel’s “Escandalo,” and Jeff Perry reacts to last night’s episode.


NBC unveils “Rosemary’s Baby” poster featuring Zoe Saldana
“Fear is born,” reads the tagline.


CMT renews “Party Down South”
The Southern “Jersey Shore” is CMT’s highest-rated original series.


Mena Suvari to star in “Hysteria” on Amazon
She’ll play a Texas doctor who investigates an epidemic in her hometown. PLUS: “How to Make it in America’s” Victor Rasuk joins CBS’ Kevin Williamson drama.


Don Cheadle is tired of people confusing “House of Lies” with “House of Cards”
Cheadle jokes that he’d like to have a death match battle with the Netflix series.


Check out “Orphan Black’s” Season 2 posters
She’s “One. Of a Kind."


John Oliver parodies the GOP’s hipster ad campaign
See clips from HBO’s "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver."


Ellen interviews “Wheel of Fortune” guesser
Emil de Leon has been watching the game show since he was 3 or 4 years old.


Jimmy Fallon sings a doo-wop duet with Billy Joel and an iPad
Watch their performance of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."


“The Bachelor’s” Renee Oteri is already married
Renee went from going on a hometown date on TV a few weeks ago to tying the knot with another man.

'White Collar' is poised to end with a 6-episode final season

“White Collar” is poised to end with a 6-episode final season
A deal is being finalized that would serve as a compromise between a full season and a movie/miniseries ending.